By Daniel R. Porterfield
“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” wrote Percy Blythe Shelley in the 1800s. If he’d only said that about “teachers” instead, I’d agree.
Pound for pound, no group has more impact on individual people and on democracy as a whole than the more than two million people working in pre-college classrooms.
And yet, our society too often devalues teaching, either by having low expectations for educators or by reducing the role to mere test prepping. This may not be a new phenomenon, but it’s dismaying and we need to stop it.
Because I work on a college campus, I see the impacts of great pre-K-12 teachers each and every day.